How can you recognise severe pneumonia?

Any of the following clinical signs suggest that the child has severe pneumonia:

  • Chest wall indrawing (recession)
  • Cyanosis (needs oxygen to keep the oxygen saturation above 90%)
  • Depressed level of consciousness
  • Refusal to eat or drink due to shortness of breath

These are danger signs which mean that the child needs urgent treatment and then referral to hospital.

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